Wilmington- Leslie Burdett (Port), 91, died peacefully on Saturday, December 28. Born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY, to Ernest and Margaret Port, she was a longtime resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ and Wilmington.
Mrs. Burdett was preceded in death by her devoted husband Herbert Burdett and son-in-law Clifford Lerner. She is survived by her daughters Claudia Burdett-Lerner, of Spofford, NH, Andrea Burke and husband Jack, of Wyckoff, NJ, Jennifer Burdett-Dyas and husband David Dyas, of Wilmington; grandchildren Andrew Lerner, of Mint Hill, NC, Emily Spencer (Lerner) and husband Ben, of Portsmouth, NH, Jessica Lerner, of San Francisco, CA, Shannon Gaul (Burke) and husband Corey, Meghan Burke and husband Joshua Detzky, and John Burke, all of Jersey City, NJ, Dani Naughton (Dyas) and husband John, of Bedford, NH, and Vanessa Dyas and fiancé Joseph Downey, of Valatia, NY. She is also survived by her longtime childhood friend Mildred Oakland, of Breezy Point, NY and her loyal dog Cookie.
Mrs. Burdett took great joy in her great-grandchildren Isadora, John, Shepard, and Timothy. She enjoyed a full life as a loving daughter, wife, mother, and friend. Her natural athletic ability afforded her many hours of pleasure skiing, tennis, walking, and golf, to name a few. She was an advocate and lover of animals both great and small. She was an avid reader, a self-proclaimed political junkie, and a passionate fan of the New York Yankees. She was an elegant woman and recognized by her exceptional beauty both inside and out. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.
The funeral Mass was held at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Albany, NY, followed by interment at Saint Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY.